MAGICAL KINGDOM TOUR BHUTAN
This tour through the land of the Thunder Dragon takes us into Paro, in a picturesque valley. Paro is home to numerous monasteries, of which the most photographed is Taktsang Monastery, meaning Tiger's Nests. The Monastery literally clings to a vertical granite cliff drop of nearly 4000 ft. and overlooks the Paro valley and the river. Heading across Bhutan, we visit several monasteries, deep river valleys and ascend over mountain passes. One of the highlights on this tour is a visit to the subtropical area of Wangdue Phodrang with an ascent up Pelela Pass at 3340m where you can see wonderful view of Himalayan Mountains. We head via the Gangtey valley, winter home to the endangered Black Naked Crane.
Day-1: Paro Day-2: Paro Day-3: Paro, Takshang Day-4: Paro Haa Valley and across Chellela Pass Day-5: Paro - Thimpu Day-6: Thimphu - Trongsa Day-7: Trongsa - Gangtey - Wangdue Day-8: Wangdue - Punakhe - Paro Day-9: Final Departure.
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Day-1: ParoThe flight into Paro is spectacular on a clear day as magnificent views of the world's highest peaks give way to the lush green Paro valley as you land. After clearing customs and visa control you will be transferred to your hotel.
Day-2: ParoMorning visit Drugyal Dzong (a ruined fortress), 16 kilometers away from Paro town. Although it has been in ruin this Dzong has its great historical importance for the people of Bhutan. It was a place where the Bhutanese finally defeated the Tibetan invasion and drove them back. On a clear Day one can view the sacred Mt. Jhomalhari (Mountain of Goddess). Visit Kyichu Lhakhang (Lhakhang means temple) which was built in 659 AD by the King Songtsen Gompo of Tibet as one of the 108 such monasteries he built in various places to spread Buddhism.
After Lunch visit National Museum which used to be a watch tower for Paro Rimpong Dzong (Fortress. It was converted into Museum in 1968. Visit Paro Rimpong Dzong, the Dzong was built in 1646 AD, and walk down to town one the way you can see the traditional wood bridge of ancient style. Visit a typical Bhutanese farmhouse and sightseeing trip to the Paro town. Hotel Overnight:
Day-3: Paro, TakshangDrive up to Satsam Chorten (10 km from Paro town) and from there walk up to Taktsang Monastery. The name Taktsang means 'tiger's Nest's. The Monastery clings to a vertical granite cliff drop of nearly 4000 ft. and overlooks the Paro valley and the river. It is said that in the second half of the 8th century, Guru Padma Sambhava known as the second Buddha in Bhutan meditated on this spot where the Monastery is situated having alighted there on the back of a flying tigress. Picnic lunch at the Taktsang cafeteria. The round hike takes about 4 hr. Hotel
Day-4: Paro Haa Valley and across Chellela PassDrive to Haa valley, Visit the small town in Haa which was recently open for tourism. It is located to the extreme western part of the kingdom and drive back from Chellela Pass where you can see beautiful snow capped mountains ranges and rhododendron flowers in bloom. A picnic lunch at Chellela passes. Visit Chellela Nunnery on the way back to Paro.
Day-5: Paro - ThimpuVisit Simtokha Dzong on the way. This is one of the oldest fortresses in Bhutan. It was built in 1629 AD. It houses the largest monastic schools in the country. Visit Tashichho Dzong, the main secretariat building. This massive structure houses part of the government Ministries, the office of the King and the Throne Room. It also houses the Central Monastic Body and the living quarters of the Chief Abbot and the senior monks. Lunch hotel in Thimphu. Afternoon: Visit the Memorial Chorten (a great stupa) built in memory of the Third King of Bhutan who reigned the Kingdom from 1952-1972. Visit the mini Zoo where the national animals were kept and drive to Sangeygang where you can have a spectacular view of Thimphu valley. Visit nunnery in Zulikha. Visit the Wood Craft and Painting school where traditional arts and crafts are still kept alive through the instructions of painting and curving. Visit the Handicrafts Emporium where Bhutanese textiles and other arts and crafts are displayed and can be purchased. Visit the National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved.
Day-6: Thimphu - TrongsaDrive to Trongsa (200km) - the journey takes about 6 hours through Dochula Pass (3150m). On the way stop for a photo stop at Dochula Pass which is 26km away from Thimphu valley, and for Tea and snacks and to enjoy the most spectacular view of eastern Himalayan snow capped Mountains and also the great view of Gasa Dzong at a distance (If weather is clear) and descends down to subtropical area Wangdue Phodrang and again it ascends up to the Pelela Pass which is 3340m where you can see wonderful view of Himalayan Mountains and this Pass separates the western from the other regions of the country. Lunch in Chendebji.
Day-7: Trongsa - Gangtey - WangdueDrive to Wangdue Phodrang via Gangtey valley which takes about 5 hours journey and it is a beautiful valley situated at an altitude of 3000m, this valley was open its route very recently. During winter one can see the endangered species of bird (Black Naked Crane). Lunch in Phubjikha and drive to Wangdue Phodrang.
Day-8: Wangdue - Punakhe - ParoDrive to Punakha town and Punakha Dzong. Punakha Dzong lies between two great rivers with the wonderful view of Punakha Dzong. The names of the rivers are Phochu (Male River) and Mochu (Female River). This Dzong serves as the winter residence for the Je Khenpo, Chief Abbot of the Central Monastic Body and also the office of the district Administration. Early lunch at hotel in Punakha. Afternoon drive to Paro.
Day-9: Final Departure.Drive to airport for the final departure.
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Price includesAirport transfers by private vehicle
Hotels twin sharing with breakfast
Bhutan sightseeing tour, entrance fees, guide, private transportation
Breakfast, lunch and dinner on tour
Guide wages, insurance and expenses
Price ExcludesInternational flights, departure taxes and any excess baggage charges.
Mandatory travel and medical insurance
Tips, baggage and porterage
Expenses of a personal nature such morning and afternoon teas etc laundry etc.
Bhutan Tourism Development tax USD 10 per person
Rescue and evacuation
Tips and gratuities
Single supplements if applicable
Cost for giving up the tour (and any unused portions which are not refundable), additional hotel days or costs incurred for changing the itinerary, if applicable, extra costs incurred for landslides and delays beyond our control etc.
Route Profile Map
Start point is from Paro
Altitude of 4300m - 5050m
A more popular trekking route
Wonderful mix of culture and scenery
Breathtaking views of surrounding peaks such as Mt. Kanchenjunga at 8586m
Different ascent and descent route
Landscapes rich in bird species
Dagala Thousand Lakes Itinerary
Start point is from Paro
Altitude of 4900m
Difficult treks due to the high altitudes
Steep but less challenging than Snowman Trek
One of the most scenic trekking routes in Bhutan
Overnight in tents
Dramatically contrasting scenery
Laya Ghasa Trek Itinerary